Accreditation In Action! The Village Family Service Center

Since 1891, The Village Family Service Center has helped area children and families improve their lives. The Village was founded as the North Dakota Children’s Home Society, a home for orphaned children, and for decades provided a sanctuary for those who often had no other place to go. But times have changed, and they discovered it wasn’t just kids who needed help. Today, The Village reaches out to more than 80,000 people every year, and they are constantly adapting their services … Continue reading

Accreditation Even More Important as Google Cracks Down on Addiction Treatment Ads

  The New York Times has recently reported that Google has begun implementing new advertising restrictions on searches for addiction treatment centers in the United States. The online search engine has eliminated ads that appear when a search is done using specific phrases, including “drug rehab” and “alcohol treatment centers”, among others that treatment providers have been willing to pay up to $70 per ad click for. Reasons for Google’s bold move include the practice among some marketers to use … Continue reading

Options for Complying with the New Joint Commission Outcome Measures Standard

If you’re like most of the treatment providers we’ve talked to recently, you probably have heard of the new Joint Commission behavioral healthcare standard for patient-reported outcomes, but haven’t yet determined the best way to comply.  This article provides some background on both the standard and your options. Let’s start by discussing why the Joint Commission created this standard.  Extensive research over the past 20 years has shown that the process of regularly asking patients how they’re feeling and sharing … Continue reading

Accreditation: Critical to Higher Education

In recent weeks the topic of colleges and universities in danger of losing their accredited status has received a great deal of news coverage. Why is this such a hot topic lately and why does it matter? It is a hot topic because of two major announcements. First, City College of San Francisco (CCSF) was notified by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges that it has eight months to make significant improvements in its leadership and financial administration … Continue reading